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Diamonds Are Called “Ice”

sitting Throughout pop culture, including several “007” movies, Diamonds are called “Ice”. Notwithstanding  the popularity of using “Ice” to describe a Diamond, if  you touch a Diamond to your lips, it will feel ice cold, because (counterintuitive, as it sounds) the diamond conducts heat away from us.  So, for lots of reasons, I simply could not resist a visit to the famous and original IceHotel in Kiruna, Sweden …wearing Diamonds, of course!   

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‘Tis the Season & Now is the Time

christmas ‘Tis the season to count our blessings and celebrate our love …and loved ones.

Right this moment,  (as I click on  “post”)  there are six days before Christmas Eve and there are an additional eight more days before New Year’s Day.  People are still shopping and lots of money will be spent with the hopes of generating a smile, a giggle, a surprise….or a moment of joy.   I believe we should invest our hard earned money into items with lasting value, so the joy and sparkle last beyond the moment.  I believe jewelry gifts should hold meaningful sparkle for as long as we can hold our memories dear. We all  know that Diamonds are the most meaningful of gemstones, the most iconic symbol of love, the most recognized and coveted fashion gemstone and the hardest natural substance on earth.  Quality Diamond Jewelry is NOT fast-fashion with fleeting sparkle ….
Real Diamond Jewelry lasts “Forever” to  hold our life’s stories for generations.
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Vegas Sparkle and Substance

Money   If I say “Sparkle” and “Vegas” in the same sentence, no one is surprised….but if  I use the word “substance”, well let’s just say that it’s rare to hear (or see in print) that word  anywhere near a mention of the City of Lights or Sin City.  Nevertheless, my ten days at the largest shopping event for the jewelry industry…. were all about Vegas Sparkle AND Substance!

Keynote Sparkle

I was  honored to kick-off the sparkle-marathon  with the Keynote for the jewelry show, LUXURY by JCK. During the first three days of Vegas Jewelry Week, the LUXURY SHOW is an invitation-only show for Luxury Retailers.  My keynote presentation on day-one was definitely Sparkling, because I was wearing an amazing Diamond necklace that is valued more than …

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Big Easy Holiday

NOLAPhoDec26 040 MONEY 1 After my successful marathon of LIVE December Shows on HSN, I was ready for a BIG celebration that was EASY on me.  New Orleans is THE choice for a BIG EASY Holiday!   From local antique shopping to listening to incredible street musicians,  the pedestrian-only section of Royal Street is a great place to stroll.

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FALLing FOR THE ARTS

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I love the Christmas Season, but it is so refreshing to find a city that does not rush Christmas décor before Thanksgiving (which is my favorite holiday, for sure) …and Scottsdale is THE  find, because they are still celebrating Fall in November!  Here, I am Falling for the Arts at The Calvin Charles Gallery. This gallery is Scottsdale’s premier contemporary art gallery and the most beautiful custom building in the Scottsdale Art District. When I crossed the gallery’s threshold, I was immediately captivated by the PASCAL exhibit.  The artist, Pascal Pierme  is a sculptor who works with precious woods. The way he describes working with the natural organic woods…is reminiscent of my personal conversations with Master Diamond Cutter, Sir Gabriel S. Tolkowsky. “Gabi”, as he is known to his closest friends, cut many of the world’s most famous diamonds and I was privileged to accompany him on his US tours for two consecutive years.  I learned that organic treasures (e.g.  natural diamonds and precious woods) participate

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Sparkling in Scottsdale

featherscouch3FOOTCROP Crossing the threshold of Feathers Fine Custom Furnishings in Scottsdale, I immediately felt as if I entered a life-size jewelry box….a jewelry box that encompasses over 20,000 square feet! The showroom features dozens and dozens of living vignettes that showcase upholstered seating, bespoke window coverings, handcrafted casegoods and much more. So, why would I choose a custom furnishings venue in Arizona (I hear you asking)? Well, first let me say that I felt like I belonged in a jewelry box, after I was adorned with magnificent jewels from MOLINA FINE JEWELERS.  Indeed, I was Sparkling in Scottsdale!

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Cooking-up Sparkle Scottsdale, AZ

cooking-up  I think it is common knowledge that Romance, Diamonds AND Food go together!  Famous love stories and memorable wedding proposals seem to always include romantic fires being kindled over dinners.  Also, REAL WOMEN EAT… and great food sparkles my spirit, as well as fuels my travels.  Searching for the next great chef, however, is better left to food critics and food bloggers.  As for me:  “I’m a woman of simple tastes; I’m always satisfied with the best“.   Yes, I am paraphrasing from the over-quoted Oscar Wilde (he said “man” instead of “woman”), but true it is!  I am fortunate to have experienced the signature plates of great luminaries like Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Danielle Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Jose Andres.  Oh, the luminary luxuries of fine dining experiences!  So, my Scottsdale travel itinerary included a beautiful afternoon with the Italian cuisine of  the Award Winning Italian Chef Marcellino Version at MARCELLINO RISTORANTE.  For foodies, I listed all of his luminary experiences and awards at the end of this blog.  For everyone else, here is some info on my Sparkling Jewelry from HYDE PARK JEWELERS …

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Sparkle INSIDE OUT or OUTSIDE IN?

HEARTLocket When I wear natural gemstones (especially DIAMONDS) I not only sparkle visually, I feel the Sparkle from the inside out. For example, I feel the energy of a natural Diamond at the very moment it touches my skin.  I feel my Sparkle…and a gentle smile appears immediately.
Hmmm…is that Sparkle INSIDE OUT or OUTSIDE IN?
I don’t think we should worry whether our Sparkle starts from the inside or the outside. What is important is that each and every person we meet (even for a moment) experiences genuine Sparkle from our hearts …which we share with our words and acts of kindness!

Transformation

I have come to embrace the reality that

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